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August 25, 2016

This picture is of Abby’s new harness bells. They are an unnecessary part of the harness, but they please me. I enjoy the simple chiming as the horses walk. 190 more words

Draft Horses

Accidental Angels

“A magpie can be happy or sad: sometimes so happy that he sits on a high, high gum tree and rolls the sunrise around in his throat like beads of pink sunlight; and sometimes so sad that you would expect the tears to drip off his beak.

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Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

I loved Faulks’ ‘Birdsong’, which I read years ago, and I was expecting something with the same intensity and emotion from this one. The blurb certainly suggested that the same themes were there and it promised to compel me, but instead I was left feeling a little disappointed by his latest novel. 611 more words

Book Reviews


Many songbirds become quiet during the hottest part of summer.  The small flock of House Sparrows around our house do speak to one another in their flat cheeping language.  241 more words



Kirtland’s may be the rarest warbler still surviving in North America.  (RIP, Bachman’s).  Jesse Huth is an ace young birding leader with whom I got to co-lead a trip in the Pacific Northwest for Partnership for International Birding.  24 more words


Juvenile Australian Magpie calling and investigating his surrounds

It took me a while to identify this youngster. My choice was a magpie (but magpies’ eyes are red), a butcher bird (but this little fellow’s white cap is too big), or a currawong (but there’s too much white on this youngster). 124 more words

Sydney Birds

Black cockatoo eating banksia seedpod

Out for an early morning walk the other day, I suddenly found myself amongst a group of black cockatoos snacking on seedpods and chatting. These birds are large and wild, and fairly rare, so it’s a real treat when you bump into them. 73 more words

Sydney Birds